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Today's Report
 
Uchiko to Onomichi

View of the city from the the castle grounds.

One of the famous places in Matsuyama is Dogo Onsen. It is located just outside the local shopping street in the Dogo area, surrounded by hotels. I didnft go in Dogo Onsen to try it out because there was a long line to go in, with it being a long weekend. It was a pity as Ifd have loved to see the interior and see what inspired Hayao Miyazaki for the hot spring baths in Spirited Away.

The writer, Natsume Soseki, also used the Dogo area as a base in one of her books. As such, there are a number of sights related to that.

Part of Dogo Onsen, people lounging on the third floor.

This was the train that the protagonist in Natsume Soseki's book rode.

On my way to my next pit stop, Onomichi, I stopped at Imabari. Imabari is famous for their towels, and if youfve ever received an Imabari towel, you know it's good stuff. Off to the Imabari store I went, and Ifve never seen so many people browsing and buying towels!

Therefs also Imabari Castle nearby, and unlike Kumamoto and Ozu Castle, this one has a couple of shrines on the castle grounds and a moat around it.

Lots of different kinds of towels in the Imabari Towel shop.

Imabari Castle

Come back tomorrow when I write about Onomichi and the place Ifm staying. (Hint: Itfs gorgeous!)

At the entrance of the castle doors looking in (it reminds me of a school entrance).

Imabari Castle has a bike stand just at the entrace of the castle doors. Awesome!

Daily Quiz
The deadline for answering the quiz question for day 11 has passed.

What is unique about the JR Ominato Line which serves the Shimokita Peninsula?

0%   It is the shortest line in the JR network
0%   Despite being a JR line, the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on it
93%   It is not connected to the rest of the JR network
5%   It is the only JR line in Aomori Prefecture that is not electrified
2%   None of the above

The correct answer is: It is not connected to the rest of the JR network

The Ominato Line is the only JR line that is not connected to any other JR line. The isolation became reality when operation along the former JR Tohoku Main Line between Aomori and Hachinohe was taken over by the Aoimori Railway in December 2010.

Current Standings: (after 30 days)

28 Points: Csabba, AlexanderStankov
27 Points: gladhiola, almoehi, ZoomX2, mikaelus
26 Points: Rabbityama, Proxy707

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